The Feeling of the Land

Stirling Ranges in cobalt watercolours

The Feeling of the Land. I love the land, its colours, textures, shapes, layers and the richness of its dialogue.  Its more important to me, to convey the feeling of the place, its spirit rather than the precise exact details. When I paint, I feel it.

Stirling Ranges in cobalt
Stirling Ranges in Cobalt Blue

I rely more on my creative intuition than on cold hard ‘rules.’  Even though,  I know guidelines are extremely relevant.    If  the image touches the viewer, evoking a heartfelt response,  then I think that I’ve been fairly successful with the image.  In both of these colourful impressionistic landscapes, for me, there’s a real sense of being there. Of being able to walk through the valley and to the mountains just beyond.   One takes you up to the mountain peak; the other painting has you journey through the gap to wonder what exists on the other side.  

Thru the Gap
Thru the Gap

Both images are based on travels throughout Australia,   Western Australia and the New South Wales areas  near  Scone and Murrurrundi.  I loved these places and have always been inspired by their rough bold beauty.


Published by debiriley

The act of creation, in any media is a fascinating and magical process. I simply love to create. Expressing in color, line, tone, texture - as if, they were words upon a page. Creating a uniquely me, interpretation. Enjoy More of my "one-of-a-kind" expressive art at and,

10 thoughts on “The Feeling of the Land

    1. Thank you very much for coming to have a look at my website and having a really good thorough look through. I appreciate your lovely comments, feedback and your visits! As I continue to Learn as I go, with the site, I’ll continue to ‘adjust’ it with new features to enhance the site.

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  1. I love these impressionistic images that so beautifully capture the “spirit” of the landscape as you intended. Thanks for the Follow, and welcome to thechangingpalette. I’ll do my best to keep it interesting for you. We clearly share a love of color, impressionism and serendipity. You live in a beautiful country, which I will be visiting everyday for the next two weeks watching the Australian Open 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much- Love that Cobalt too! much appreciation for your visiting and your follow! will be trying some new materials once my Term 1 gets under way, so that should generate more intriguing images. I Hope. 🙂

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    1. thank you M; its not how everyone wants to paint…but its how I’m Called To Paint. you get some right, you get some not so much; but, thats how it goes. thanks for having a Look!!!

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